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Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband vows: I'll create a Cabinet for the English regions

Labour's devolution plans revealed: Big city and regional leaders to join "English Cabinet" chaired by Ed Miliband, while legislation will devolve control of transport, housing and more to local level

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Coppelia

Arts prioritised as Birmingham City Council weighs up major cuts

The council leader said facilities like the Symphony Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and groups like the Birmingham Royal Ballet are crucial

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady

Birmingham TUC campaigners head to London in search of pay rise

Several coach loads of members from the leading trade unions will be taking part in the Trade Union Congress Britain Needs A Pay Rise march and rally

Solihull Hospital

Solihull Hospital parking charges 'lack generosity', prospective MP claims

Julian Knight, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Solihull, also reprimanded Solihull Hospital for failing to properly advertise its cut-price parking

Russells Hall Hospital

Striking paramedics save man from diabetic fit

The ambulance workers, protesting over pay along with thousands of other NHS workers, rushed to the victim’s aid during the four-hour walk out and took the casualty to Russells Hall Hospital

'Suicide app' could help those at risk of self harm

A mobile phone app is set to be launched in a bid to stop troubled people from committing suicide thanks to work by the universities of Aston and Warwick.

Actors in new production For The Past 30 Years, Lorna Laidlaw, Hema Mangoo and Janice Connolly.

Women & Theatre marks 30 years of working women in new play at Birmingham Rep

  • NHS

Working for 30 years is quite an achievement in the current climate of internships, zero hours contracts and disappearing pensions 

CGI of the new Health Futures University Technical College in West Bromwich

BAM wins brief to build £9m university technical college in Sandwell

Construction group behind several projects across the region awarded latest contract to deliver specialist health college

West Midlands Police

Police abuse power under Mental Health Act, inspector claims

Officers are also forced to take people with mental health issues into custody – because the NHS refuses to take responsibility for them, a House of Commons inquiry was told

James Cook, director in Grant Thornton's public sector team, who will lead its national work with Clinical Commissioning Groups

New national role for Grant Thornton director

  • NHS

Public sector team member James Cook to lead firm's work with Clinical Commissioning Groups

Stafford Hospital

Hospital campaigner Karen Howell challenging MP for Stafford seat

Karen Howell, a founder member of the Support Stafford Hospital Campaign, is among a dozen candidates unveiled by the National Health Action Party

Overseas trading

Ministers insist West Midlands will benefit from a controversial US trade deal

Ministers have insisted the West Midlands will benefit from a controversial new trade deal with the United States.

Sarah Jane Marsh, chief executive of Birmingham Children's Hospital

Clinical jobs 'safe' if Birmingham hospitals merge

Birmingham Children's Hospital chief Sarah-Jane Marsh expects no compulsory redundancies if merger plans go through

Aston University

Mercia Fund Management backs Aston EyeTech with new funding deal

Aston University spin-out plans to roll out software programme design to help optometrists

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham councillors told to take £100k pay cut

But council leaders are set to reject the cuts when they meet tomorrow and tell the Independent Remuneration Panel to take another look at councillors’ workloads

Professor Robert Winston

TV stars and business leaders to get honorary doctorates at Birmingham City University

Some of Birmingham’s high profile people will also be picking up honorary doctorates, including Dame Christine Braddock – chairman of Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Solihull Hospital where urology and gynaecology services are under threat of closure

MP's fears over planned service closures at Solihull Hospital

Lorely Burt has met with NHS boss Mark Newbold to discuss threatened services at West Midlands hospital

City Hospital, in Birmigham, one of the sites owned by Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which is planning to axe more than 1,400 jobs

Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust to cut more than 1,400 jobs

  • NHS

Swingeing cuts will take place over the next six years as staff morale hits 'rock bottom' following announcement

Creative England launches new £1m fund for innovative SMEs

Industry body is seeking creative and digital companies with ideas to help the healthcare sector

An artist’s impression of the new 670-bed Midland Metropolitan Hospital

New £353m hospital will mean boost for economy

George Osborne has announced approval for the 670-bed Midland Metropolitan Hospital to be built on vacant industrial land in Smethwick.

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